November 23, 2022 | By Gerardine Donough-Tan

Hong Kong successfully hosted the Junior Chamber International World Congress (JCIWC) 2022 from October 31 to November 4, with some 500 delegates attending in person at Nina Hotel Tsuen Wan West and 3,500 virtually.

The program included keynote speeches, training sessions, seminars, workshops and an awards ceremony. Participants in Hong Kong – who came from Southeast Asia and as far as Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Monaco and Mongolia – took in attractions such as the Peak, Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival and the Hong Kong Sevens, which returned after a three-year hiatus.

A metaverse exhibition saw attendees receiving NFTs of Hong Kong icons, such as egg waffles and fish balls as souvenirs.

JCIWC 2022 director Ben Mak acknowledged Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) help.

“HKTB has been a reliable partner, assisting every step of the way – from bidding preparation and presentation, virtual site inspections, to providing the latest tourist information, attraction suggestions and in-town experience enhancement.”

In the same week, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority hosted the Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit for 200 international and regional leaders from about 120 global financial institutions, with one third being represented by group chairpersons or CEOs.

Meantime, the hybrid Hong Kong FinTech Week 2022 attracted a record 30,000 visitors and more than five million views online from over 95 economies, with 500 speakers and over 600 sponsors and exhibitors from some 30 international delegations.

International arrivals into Hong Kong coming from everywhere other than mainland China or Macau are still prohibited from attending higher risk settings, including event venues, for three days after entering the destination and must complete daily rapid COVID tests for seven days.